WHY WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR CORNWALL

Cornwall Council Leader, Adam Paynter is calling on the Government to establish a fairer funding formula and is asking residents and businesses for their support.

At first glance local authorities around the country are all the same. We provide the same public services. We’re all experiencing a rise in population and increased demand and pressure on the services we provide.

But, if you live in Camden then on average the local authority can afford to spend £1,171 per resident, compared to just £784 per head in Cornwall. This is not based on need – it’s a lottery based on your postcode, and an outdated funding formula. This current funding approach also favours urban areas over rural areas like our own, which I believe is unfair.

I’m really pleased this government is committed to genuine consultation on this important issue. There has never been a better moment for the people of Cornwall to make their voices heard and help us influence central government by signing our pledge of support www.cornwall.gov.uk/fairfunding.

With budget pressures intensifying, we’re stepping up our campaign for reform. Why does this campaign matter? One reason we need fairer funding in Cornwall is the increasing demand on essential services we’re experiencing with the seismic demographic shift in age in the county.

Our older population is increasing more quickly than in other parts of the country. Between 2016 and 2040 Cornwall’s population of over 85s will increase by 31% more than in the rest of the UK which will have a significant impact on our services and the costs of providing them.

Also, unlike our urban counterparts, in Cornwall we’re reliant on a network of minor roads across the county – we’re responsible for keeping over 4,500 miles of road in good repair. This is key for securing new business investment and community life – making their maintenance vital.

This cost isn’t reflected in the funding Cornwall gets from government and it’s essential to Cornwall’s future prosperity that this changes. The current funding model doesn’t take factors like this in to account and Cornwall loses out.

That is why we are asking government for a new, fairer funding model to be introduced, based on the services Cornwall needs.

A fairer funding model could deliver an extra £39 million for Cornwall every year – that’s an extra £71 for every resident. It would mean rather than having to make decisions to reduce services, we could look at opportunities to boost road maintenance, support for children and families and create more jobs – the things you have told us are most important to you.

But we can’t do this alone. I will always advocate strongly for the people of Cornwall in Whitehall, but we need everyone to stand up for this county.

We need the support of as many people as possible across Cornwall – residents, businesses and community groups alike. This is not about politics, it’s about the people of Cornwall getting funding for services, based on need and equality with other areas in England.

If you agree and think Cornwall deserves a better deal, please #StandUpForCornwall and make an online pledge of support at www.cornwall.gov.uk/fairfunding or show your support with ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ on the Council’s Twitter and Facebook pages.